Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2

September 4, 2013
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After plenty of rumors and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finally here! There’s a lot to love about Samsung’s Note series, though the Note 3 is far from the only big-screened smartphone game in town, including LG’s G2.

How does the latest Samsung flagship compare when stacked against LG’s new flagship? Let’s take a look!

Design and build quality

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Though many manufacturers are making the move to more ‘premium’ materials, both the Galaxy Note 3 and G2 stick to tried and true plastic. Don’t let this fool you, both phones might be packing polycarbonate shells, but they are well-built, and have very different overall designs that will set them apart in a crowd.

For the G2, the biggest differentiator would be its unique button placement. Instead of power and volume on the phone’s sides, LG has moved these buttons to the back of the device, allowing for much thinner bezels. For the Note 3, Samsung has ditched the glossy plastic back cover in favor of a faux leather back, complete with faux stitching around the edges! Instead of the usual hard plastic feel, the sides of the Note 3 are soft and easy to grip.

While the Note 3’s 5.7-inch display is considerably larger than the 5.2-inch display found on the G2, Samsung’s latest flagship isn’t terribly bigger or bulkier. The G2 is just 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm and 140 grams, and the Note 3 is 151.2 x 79.1 x 8.3mm, and weighs in at 168 grams.

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Display

The Note 3 rocks a 5.7-inch full HD display with 386ppi, and sticks with the Samsung tradition of utilizing a super AMOLED display. As for the G2, we get a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, also with a full HD resolution that comes in at 424ppi.

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Camera

Both the LG G2 and Note feature 13MP rear cameras, but the G2 really ones-up the Note 3 thanks to its optical image stabilization technology, which reduces camera shake and lends to better quality photos and video. Besides OIS, the G2 also features auto-focus, LED flash, tracking zoom and plenty of other shooting modes and settings.

Looking at the Note 3, you basically get the exact same camera as seen in the Galaxy S4. There’s the same LED flash, BSI sensor and Smart Stabilization. There are also Samsung camera features like Drama shot, sound & shot, HDR and more.

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Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a larger 3,200 mAh battery, versus the G2’s 3,000 mAh battery. Of course the Note 3 is a bigger device with more demanding specs, so the two will likely perform similarly in terms of battery life. It’s also worth mentioning that – unlike the international G2 – the Note 3 will feature a removable battery.

Other specs

There are two different processor configurations for the Note 3: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core version and a 1.9GHz Exynos Octa-Core version. The former will be for LTE markets, the later for those with just 3G. Some of the device’s other specs include 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage and microSD.

In comparison, the LG G2 features a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, comes in a 16 or 32GB version, and has 2GB of RAM. [Full LG2 Specs List]

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Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will arrive with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean onboard, which is currently the latest version of Android (though not for long). In contrast, the LG G2 is running on Android 4.2.2. As to be expected, both handsets feature custom UIs and quite a few custom features.

For the G2, the custom software includes features such as KnockOn, Answer Me, Plug & Pop and Guest Mode.

As for the Galaxy Note 3? The Note 3 runs on Touchwiz and includes many of the same features as Samsung’s GS4, alongside new features including Pen Window, My Magazine, S Finder, updated S-Pen related apps and so much more.

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Hands-on video

Wrap-up

As you can see, the Galaxy Note 3 is a very impressive handset, though the LG G2 is certainly no slouch either. Ultimately, if you want a monster-sized phone with nearly bleeding-edge specs, you can’t go wrong with the Note 3.

For more details on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, check out our hands on coverage! Also make sure to stay tuned to Android Authority for all the latest coverage straight from IFA 2013.

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